Gris-Gris, an online journal of literature, culture & the arts

Before

by Tina Kessinger

Before anyone died.
When the world was round
and fit into your smooth,
pink palm. You sat on the
sixth grade steps with your
transistor radio. Cool slate
against your long, straight legs.

Twist and Shout was an opening
your heart leapt through.
I’ve Got You Babe. You argued
with your best friend about whether
Cher was beautiful. You thought
she was, she didn’t. You would
soon learn that your best friend
had no imagination.

The halls of your school were
wide and polished, the doors
opening and closing, separate
and determined as piano keys.
Each thing followed another.
The future was just beginning.